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More states expanding students’ access to free school meals

A Vermont bill that would make school meals free for all students is just one example of how anti-hunger advocates are pushing in the direction of universal school meals.

Concerns over lunch shaming, unpaid meal debt and proposals from the Trump administration to tighten eligibility for nutrition programs are being met with efforts to cover meal costs for more children who don’t already qualify for free meals.

Vermont has a “visionary approach,” said Crystal FitzSimons, the director of school and out-of-school time programs for the Food Research and Action Center, an advocacy organization.

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